Young adult author Ellen Oh shares the importance of diversity in books
Posted on 02/22/2019
Ellen Oh with two members of Stonewall Middle School staffStudents at Stonewall Middle had the opportunity to visit with author, Ellen Oh. Oh is a young adult author known for her fantasy trilogy, “The Prophecy Series.” She is also the co-founder, president, and CEO of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in children's books.

To prepare for Oh’s visit, students read the first part of her middle-grade ghost story, “Spirit Hunters,” and illustrated the story in graphic novel format. Other language arts classes read the forward of Oh’s short story compilation, “Flying Lessons,” and used it as a writing prompt to write their own short story, also in graphic novel format.

Oh enjoyed being greeted at the school by a large welcome sign decorated with the students' stories in graphic novel format that were inspired by her writing.

In her presentation, Oh shared with students her writing process and took time to answer questions. Oh also shared information on WNDB and how she is advocating for changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

“She was a perfect match for our diverse population. Our school includes over 33 international cultures,” School Librarian Hope Dublin shared. “She has inspired many of our students to tell their stories.”

Ellen Oh also visited Osbourn Park High School.